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Optical Spectroscopy and Imaging Laboratory


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We develop cost-effective optical imaging and spectroscopy tools to reduce the incidence and mortality of cancer and infectious disease through early detection at the point-of-care. In collaboration with the UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, we have developed novel cellular and molecular imaging technologies to recognize signatures of early neoplastic disease.  At the same time, we have developed optically active, targeted nanoparticles and fluorescent dyes to image directly the molecular hallmarks of cancer.  Through clinical trials at MD Anderson, Mount Sinai Medical Center, and Tata Memorial Hospital in Mumbai, India we have optimized these agents and imaging systems, demonstrating that they can detect precancerous lesions and early cancers in the oral cavity and the esophagus with high sensitivity and specificity.   More recently, we have initiated a multi-disciplinary effort to develop molecular specific contrast agents and optical micro-fluidic chips for point-of-care detection of infectious disease, through collaborations at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston.


November 13, 2013
American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference
Meaghan Bond will present her talk, Evaluation of Chromatography Paper as a Low-Cost Medium for Anemia Diagnosis, at the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene Conference.   »

October 6, 2013
Frontiers in Optics, Optics Society of America, 2013
Jessica Dobbs will present, Quantitative Analysis of Morphology Associated with Progression from Non-proliferative and Hyperplastic Ducts to Ductal Carcinoma in Situ in Human Breast Tissue.  »

September 25, 2013
Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition
Jessica Dobbs is a finalist in the 2013 Emil Wolf Outstanding Student Paper Competition  »

April 16, 2013
Whitaker International Fellowship
Zachary Crannell was awarded a Whitaker International Fellowship to further his efforts to develop recombinase polymerase amplification (RPA) techniques to detect Cryptosporidium and Giardia disease.  »

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